At the very end of Long Island is a quiet little town called Montauk. It’s out past “The Hamptons”. From our place in Manhattan it’s about a 2 1/2 hour drive. In October of 2012 my husband and I drove out there to see family from my husband’s side of the family. It was fun driving through all the little towns that make up what we know as The Hamptons.
The main difference though is not every town has such high end shops like Hermes, Tiffany’s and Trina Turk.
We first met up with my husband’s cousin at his office downtown. Now downtown in Montauk is a throwback to small towns of the 60’s. Very quaint and quiet. Well in October it was quiet. Many places had closed for the winter. Our host gave us a great tour of the town and we ended up out at the lighthouse. It’s the oldest lighthouse in New York and was commissioned by President George Washington in 1792!
After dinner we tagged along with our cousins to a German bar where an Oompah Band was playing for Octoberfest. You haven’t lived until you hear an Oompah Band playing Journey and singing with about a hundred of your new best friends!
Fast forward to August and we decide to make the trek out to Montauk for another family gathering. Rather than drive we decided to take the Long Island Railroad. The trip is about 2 1/2 to 3 hours but we don’t have to worry about traffic or getting lost.
Arriving at Penn Station everyone stands in front of this big screen. It really is quite funny to see all these people standing and staring at this big board, waiting to see which track our train will be waiting on. This key piece of information is not made public until about 5-10 minutes before departure! When the track is announced it’s a stampede down the escalator/stairs to the train.
A stop or two down the tracks we transfer to the Montauk bound train and settle in for a 2 hour trip.
It’s so wonderful to observe life from a train window. Yes it goes by quickly but you also get to stop at little towns along the way.
We arrive in Montauk and we’re greeted by the elder cousin, but not before being bombarded by taxi drivers eager to take you downtown.
The center of town has an adorable bandstand.
Since we had to catch a 5:30 train back to Manhattan we all headed down to the water to have a delicious meal at Gosman’s Restaurant. We watched the boats coming and going while eating lobster, shrimp or crab cakes. All was very yummy!
And who can pass up dessert??
Flourless Chocolate Cake Kicking myself for not getting a picture of the “Classic Root Beer Float” with chocolate straw!
So our time in Montauk this day was brief but we shared many family stories and enjoyed beautiful views. I leave you now with a shot of this beautiful hydrangea bush in the backyard of our host’s home. A bittersweet reminder of growing up with these bushes in my own backyard and thinking about my mom and dad.